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One of the biggest and most anticipated films of the summer, How to Train Your Dragon 2, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival Friday. It was the first public screening of the sequel, which continues the story of Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless in the kingdom of Berk. Buzz around the project has been solid but now that respected critics from around the world have seen the film, is it as good as we all hoped? The answer is…mostly.

Below read some early How to Train Your Dragon 2 reviews. Read More »

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The first press screenings of Bryan Singer‘s X-Men: Days of Future Past took place on Thursday in preparation for this weekend’s press junket. Originally, attending press were going to be embargoed from posting their opinions, but Twitter blew up immediately following the film. It seems the reaction was so overwhelmingly positive, 20th Century Fox had no problem letting people know they’ve apparently got the goods this summer.

We’ll have much more on X-Men: Days of Future Past as we approach its release on May 23, but below, read the first reactions for the film. Read More »

Mad Max Fury Road test screening

We’ve been waiting for Mad Max: Fury Road for what feels like eons, and we’ve still got a little while longer to wait. Though the film started shooting in 2012, it’s not hitting theaters until 2015. And so far, all we’ve seen from it are a couple of on-set photos.

But last night in Burbank, a group of people got to sample a whole lot more. Warner Bros. had a test screening for a rough cut of the film, and the first reactions from the showing have started to come in. After the jump, get a taste of the early buzz from the Mad Max: Fury Road test screening and read a new official plot synopsis.

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Early Buzz: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′

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In the U.S. we have to wait until May 2 to see Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but it opens next week, April 16, in the U.K.. Tuesday night, the first full screening of the film was held across the Atlantic and the reactions were all over the map. Most agreed the sequel, which stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Chris Cooper, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field and others, is much better than the first. Some said it lived up to it’s title as “Amazing” while others felt it was a mess. Read a bunch of early buzz on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 below. Read More »

Jennifer Connelly and Russell Crowe in Noah

Noah represents a big change of pace for Darren Aronofsky in that it’s his first big-budget studio film. But those who worry that he’s sold his soul to Paramount Pictures needn’t worry. Following some early screenings, the word going around is Aronofsky is as bold and ambitious as ever — for better or for worse.

The closest comparison seems to be Aronfsky’s The Fountain. That may be good news for die-hard Aronofsky fans, many of whom consider that movie his best, but it could also be bad news for the studio, as The Fountain tanked horribly at the box office. Hit the jump to find out what people are saying about Noah.

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Captain America The Winter Soldier

Marvel has had a pretty good track record over the past several years. The eight Cinematic Universe films so far have received good to great reviews from fans and critics alike; even relative duds like Iron Man 2 were merely disappointing instead of flat-out terrible. But if the first responses to Captain America: The Winter Soldier are to be believed, Marvel may have just hit another new high.

A wave of Twitter reactions hit last night following a press screening of the movie, and they ranged from great to totally effing amazing. More than one person declared that this could be Marvel’s best movie yet. Seems like a huge compliment considering that the roster also includes The Avengers and the first Iron Man. Hit the jump to get the early buzz.

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When Jon Favreau released the first Iron Man, he was still seen as an exciting young director on his way up despite having credits like Made, Elf, and Zathura. Then came Iron Man 2 and Cowboys & Aliens, and his name started to elicit more eye-rolls than smiles. But at SXSW this year, he unveiled what seems to be a return to form: a crowd-pleasing indie called Chef.

In it, Favreau plays a once-acclaimed chef rebuilding his life after a heavily YouTubed incident sends his career on the skids. He’s also dealing with a gorgeous ex-wife (Sofia Vergara) and an adorable moppet of a son (Emjay Anthony). So how does this latest effort stack up against some of Favreau’s critically scorned tentpole output? Get the word from SXSW and check out some first-look photos after the jump.

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Early Buzz: ‘Dumb and Dumber To’

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Few imagined we’d ever see a sequel to Dumb and Dumber, but come November it’s happening. The Farrelly Brothers have begun to test screen Dumb and Dumber To, their two-decades-in-the-making sequel starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. One of those screenings took place last night, and some attendees took to Twitter to air their reaction to the first public screening of the film. Read their comments below. Read More »

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